A construction team in west Scotland recently welcomed 14 fourth year pupils to the Heritage Gate development in Motherwell as part of a series of onsite visits in a work experience partnership between Bellway and Dalziel High School.
Over the next few months, the group of 15- to 16-year-olds will be visiting the site every Wednesday to gain skills and learn about the career opportunities the industry can provide. The plan is for one of them will be selected to be mentored through a construction management course and sponsored by the housebuilder through a construction course at a local college.
“The construction industry offers so many great career opportunities but there is still a real skills shortage,” says Andy Borland, head of construction (West Scotland) for Bellway, “and it is important that we help foster the next generation of site managers, bricklayers, planners, land buyers and all the other great roles available within this important sector of the economy.”
To date, the young people have already covered a number of core topics, including onsite health and safety, NHBC building standards and the build programme set up for the Heritage Gate project. They have also been given insight into a wide array of potential career pathways across the industry.
This visit also saw an introduction to the group’s special project plot, where a four-bedroom ‘Pinehurst’ family home is being constructed. They’ll be seeing it every week throughout the build process.
Site manager Mark Deviney says: “The pupils were all a bit shy at first but they seem to be enjoying seeing behind the scenes of a working building site, I wish I had been given an opportunity like that when I was their age.”
The rector of Dalziel High School, Robert Birch, says: “We are excited about the new opportunities and experiences that this partnership will offer our pupils, we really appreciate the way Bellway are supporting our school and our community.”